Community shows support for hospice
Hundreds of locals turned out on the eve of St. Patrick's Day to dance a jig for a very special purpose.
Community members filed into Don Pancho's restaurant on State Street Friday to enjoy chips and salsa, jam with the legendary local band Jimmy and the Soul Blazers and -- most importantly -- raise money for the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice department of Alliance Community Hospital.
"We're so happy to see the response to our event; this will really help us continue to provide the programs and services we provide for so many at a time when they need care and compassion the most but perhaps, can't afford it," said Sue Barrick, RN and director of the Hospice department.
Barrick explained that the AVNAH staff wanted to host an event to complement their largest annual fundraiser, the "Steppin' Out for Hospice 5K Walk/Run" which will be held on Aug. 18.
"We're so grateful for the support the walk has generated and wanted to offer the community both a fun event and a reminder that the walk/run is just around the corner!" said Jessica Bloss, ACH Foundation coordinator and one of the 5K's core organizers.
The dance also featured a silent auction with gift baskets donated by AVNAH workers and several local businesses. The highlight of the event was the live auction with items such as a hot air balloon ride, a gas grill and a trip to Top Sail Island to name a few.
"Everyone who came commented on how much fun they had; it's so wonderful to see the community rally in support of Hospice because these are services that are so crucial to so many -- it's care that we're so honored and privileged to be able to provide," Barrick said.
For more information on AVNAH or ACH services, visit www.achosp.org. To learn more about the Steppin' Out for Hospice 5K Fun Run/Walk, please call the ACH PR/Foundation office 330-596-7575.